Full Program: PBS NewsHour full episode Aug. 25, 2017

Friday on the NewsHour, Texas faces Hurricane Harvey, what might be the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. in more than a decade. Also: The growing controversy over what to do with Confederate monuments, Syrians attempting to rebuild their city, Shields and Brooks on the week's news and a novelist explains why fictional characters don't always have to be relatable.

Segments from Friday, August 25, 2017

  • PBS NewsHour full episode August 25, 2017
    Friday on the NewsHour, Texas faces Hurricane Harvey, what might be the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. in more than a decade. Also: The growing controversy over what to do with Confederate monuments, Syrians attempting to rebuild their city, Shields and Brooks on the week's news and a novelist explains why fictional characters don't always have to be relatable.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2017
    Length: 3249
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    August 25, 2017
  • The problem with only liking things we find relatable
    The social media culture of “likes” is contributing to our conformity, says novelist and creative writing teacher Charmaine Craig. Instead of trying to empathize with the unfamiliar, we “like” and find refuge only in the things that seem most relatable. Craig offers her humble opinion on why we should move beyond what’s “relatable” or “likeable” and begin to open up to the unfamiliar.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2017
    Length: 194
  • Shields and Brooks on Trump’s contrasting speeches
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s political news, including President Trump’s wildly different approaches to his address on Afghanistan strategy and his remarks in Phoenix, his attacks on top Republicans in Congress, and his Pentagon directive to ban transgender people from joining the military.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2017
    Length: 742
  • How one Syrian city is rebuilding life after ISIS
    The northern Syrian city of Manbij has long been the setting of fighting in the war against the Islamic State. But it’s been a year since the city was liberated from ISIS and many challenges still remain. In partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, special correspondent Gayle Tzemach Lemmon examines the fate of communities trying to rebuild and restart after ISIS.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2017
    Length: 434
  • Why America is wrestling with Confederate monuments
    How should Americans remember the past and confront the deep wounds of slavery? The events of recent weeks have intensified a national conversation about Confederate monuments, with calls to remove them from public spaces. William Brangham talks to Peniel Joseph of the University of Texas, W. Fitzhugh Brundage of the University of North Carolina, Pierre McGraw of the Monumental Task Committee.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2017
    Length: 820
  • News Wrap: Monsoon death toll rises above 1,200
    In our news wrap Friday, the death toll from monsoon flooding across South Asia surged again to more than 1,200. Entire communities across India, Bangladesh and Nepal are devastated with many cut off from clean food and water. Also, in Afghanistan's capital suicide bombers and gunmen stormed a Shiite mosque, killing at least 20 worshipers.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2017
    Length: 216
  • Texas prepares for ‘life-threatening’ Hurricane Harvey
    Hurricane Harvey is bearing down on the Gulf Coast of Texas, with sustained winds of 120 miles an hour and the potential to intensify. The storm could prove the most powerful the U.S. has seen in more than a decade. Lisa Desjardins reports then Judy Woodruff speaks with Edward Rappaport, acting director of the National Hurricane Center, and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg about preparations.
    Original Air Date: August 25, 2017
    Length: 661
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